Reflexivity in research: Promoting rigour, reliability and validity in qualitative research. Darawsheh, W. International Journal of Therapy \& Rehabilitation, 21(12):560--568, December, 2014.
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Background: The value of qualitative research is increasingly acknowledged in health studies, as well as the demand for employing rigorous strategies. Although the literature recognises that reflexivity is a valuable and rigorous strategy, few studies unravel the practical employment of reflexivity as a strategy for ensuring rigour and quality in qualitative research. Aim: To present a practical example of how reflexivity can be employed as a strategy for ensuring rigour by reviewing 13 narratives from the author’s reflexive diary on qualitative research. Methods: Content analysis and narrative analysis were used to approach and analyse data. Findings: Analysis of the posited qualitative research study found five main outcomes of the influence of reflexivity as a strategy to establish criteria of rigour. Conclusions: Further research is needed to show how reflexivity can be employed as a strategy in qualitative research to: i) establish criteria of rigour; ii) monitor the researcher’s subjectivity in generating credible findings.
@article{ darawsheh_reflexivity_2014,
  title = {Reflexivity in research: {Promoting} rigour, reliability and validity in qualitative research},
  volume = {21},
  issn = {1741-1645},
  shorttitle = {Reflexivity in research},
  url = {http://0-search.ebscohost.com.aupac.lib.athabascau.ca/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rzh&AN=2012808437&site=eds-live},
  abstract = {Background: The value of qualitative research is increasingly acknowledged in health studies, as well as the demand for employing rigorous strategies. Although the literature recognises that reflexivity is a valuable and rigorous strategy, few studies unravel the practical employment of reflexivity as a strategy for ensuring rigour and quality in qualitative research. Aim: To present a practical example of how reflexivity can be employed as a strategy for ensuring rigour by reviewing 13 narratives from the author’s reflexive diary on qualitative research. Methods: Content analysis and narrative analysis were used to approach and analyse data. Findings: Analysis of the posited qualitative research study found five main outcomes of the influence of reflexivity as a strategy to establish criteria of rigour. Conclusions: Further research is needed to show how reflexivity can be employed as a strategy in qualitative research to: i) establish criteria of rigour; ii) monitor the researcher’s subjectivity in generating credible findings.},
  number = {12},
  urldate = {2015-03-05TZ},
  journal = {International Journal of Therapy \& Rehabilitation},
  author = {Darawsheh, Wesam},
  month = {December},
  year = {2014},
  keywords = {Diaries, Human, Phenomenological Research, Qualitative Studies, Reflection -- Evaluation, Reflexivity (Research) -- Evaluation, Semi-Structured Interview, content analysis},
  pages = {560--568}
}
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